Lost & Found? How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon
EVERYONE KNOWS THAT ONCE A LEMUR TAKES A LIKING TO YOU, THERE'S NOT MUCH THAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT.
Losing a lemur is the last thing on this kid's mind as he stops to enjoy his first lick of a double-dip ice cream cone in the park.
In fact, he's never even given a thought to finding a lemur either. After all, this is not exactly lemur-LAND!
But there he is, clearly a lemur, with his bushy barred tail and perky white face--and the look of love in his eyes--proffering a posy he's just pulled from the park's well-tended border.
I TRIED MY BEST TO IGNORE HIM.
I TRIED HIDING UP IN A TALL TREE.
BEFORE LONG, OTHER LEMURS BEGAN TO APPEAR.
The kid is beginning to feel a bit strange. Is it possible to be stalked by a lot of lemurs?
He tries to escape on his bike, pedaling his swiftest, but they catch up, with bright smiles and bright eyes pleading for a game of catch. He's even got a lemur sitting on his head offering the ball!
What to do? He certainly can't go home with a retinue of lemurs. What would his parents say?
The boy buys a train ticket and jumps aboard, but somehow the lemurs are way ahead of him, taking over driving the engine. He boards a boat heading across the lake, but the lemurs follow, snorkeling underwater behind him. It's sort of fun having a following, but now what does he do?
A fantastic escape effort follows, across desert sands on a racing camel, high in a hot air balloon, climbing the highest mountain in sight. It's snowy and windy, but luckily the lemurs have knapsacks with a supply of knitted caps, even one for him.
I HAD TRAVELED VERY FAR FROM HOME AND I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO GET BACK!
I WAS LOST AND ALONE!
Well, not exactly alone. It's hard to lose a lot of lemurs, and luckily, lemurs don't get lost, ever! But they can lead a friend into some fantastic adventures and finally show him the way to go home, in Frann Preston-Gannon's How to Lose a Lemur (Sterling Books, 2014). The author's charming clique of lemurs are set off in pleasing artwork and palette of teal and greens, sometimes highlighted in spot art and sometimes given room to spread out all over the landscape in full-bleed double spreads. Preston-Gannon's lemurs are as much fun as a barrel of monkeys and way more appealing. "Simple but silly and satisfying," ays Kirkus Reviews.